German royalty collection society VG Media and cable operator Tele Columbus have reached an out-of-court settlement.
Germany’s largest cable operator Kabel Deutschland has agreed to pay €41.1 million for the cable distribution rights of 144 commercial national and international TV and radio channels.
Germany’s largest cable operator Kabel Deutschland will appeal the decision by the Berlin court with regards to rights payment due to private broadcasters.
The district court of Berlin has ordered Kabel Deutschland to pay EUR45,760,836.97 to rights society VG Media.
Following a court decision, German operators of SMATVs have to conclude a licence agreement with VG Media and pay copyright licence fees for the retransmission of private radio and television stations over their networks.
VG Media is driving international expansion as the collecting society of private TV and radio stations in Europe, representing a total of 118 channels from nine countries.
VG Media, the collecting society of private television and radio stations in Germany, has announced an agreement with Haus & Grund, the association of private houses, apartments and property owners, for the distribution of commercial channels.
The Berlin Supreme Court has ruled that cable providers need to pay VG Media for the distribution of private radio stations and TV channels.